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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant

Grants to Louisiana Rural Fire Departments to
Purchase Equipment and Enhance Capacity

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Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)

Deadline Date:

07/01/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Louisiana fire departments serving small and rural communities to enhance fire prevention and suppression capacity. Funding is primarily intended to support equipment purchase. Applicants requesting support for training must request approval prior to applying.

Examples of equipment/apparatus which may be purchased with grant funds are as follows: Nomex clothing, bunker gear, hoses, nozzles, hand tools, radios, generators, foam application equipment, slip-on pumping units, materials and labor required to outfit and equip excess military vehicles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181355

Estimated Size of Grant:

Any single item, with a total cost of $5,000 or more will not be approved for grant funding consideration.

Term of Contract:

Purchase(s) must be made during the 2018 calendar year for inclusion, following receipt of the award letter.

No purchase(s) may be made prior to the date listed on the 2018 V.F.A. award letter will be eligible for cost-share assistance.

If funds are approved for your department, they must be spent by the disbursement statement due date. If they are not spent by that date, your department will lose that portion of the funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only communities with under 10,000 population counts (current census) may be considered for funding. However, multi-community department projects may be approved even though the 10,000 population limit is exceeded within the area served, providing no single community served exceeds the 10,000 population. (A department or fire district is considered to be multi-community if within the official area served there exists two or more recognized communities, each of which must contribute financial support toward, and combine other resources for operation of a single department serving all the communities involved.)

Only departments officially recognized and authorized by resolution or ordinance of the legally constituted governing body of the area served will be considered for grant funding.

Communities/departments imposing strict boundary limits which exclude rural residences or use a subscription response system will not be considered for funding.

Request for funding will not be considered for the following:
A. Repair or construction of buildings
B. Land acquisition
C. Water lines and hydrants
D. Any equipment not fire related
E. Routine operating expense (phone bills, utility bills, insurance, etc.)

Pre-Application Information:

This is a 50% matching fund program. Federal funds will pay up to 50% of approved program expenditure costs with local departments paying at least 50% or more.

Local matching funds must be available at the time the application is submitted and these funds must match the federal funds dollar for dollar.

Funding for training will be limited to special needs and programs only, by prior approval of the V.F.A. Program Administrator of this agency.

All applications must be received by 4:30 PM, July 1, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding; therefore, it is suggested that 5 - 7 weekdays be allowed for mailing.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional information or questions, contact:

Bret Lane
(225) 925-4500

Mail the completed ORIGINAL application to:

LDAF - Forestry
Attention: 2018 V.F.A. Grant
5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 6000
Baton Rouge, LA. 70806

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana